• trophic [trof-ik, troh-fik]

    trophic [trof-ik, troh-fik]

    of or relating to nutrition; concerned in nutritive processes.

    trophic design
    Design of or relating to the flow of nutrients in a complex ecological systems.



As a first nations and solo practitioner, Terence Radford established Trophic Design in 2017 as an aboriginally owned and operated landscape architectural practice.   My overarching goal is to work with communities, clients, and consultants to create meaningful and authentic places that sustain life.

I chose Trophic Design as it refers to a restorative design process that respects the interconnectedness of all things by promoting habitat creation and biodiversity. Trophic meaning of or relating to nutrition; most commonly conceived of as the food web and Trophic Design referring to a design process based on the exchange of nutrients and flow of energy in the landscape.

My experience in green roofs, stormwater management, LEED®, native planting design, first nations development, visual arts, and site planning have provided the tools to create landscapes that seamlessly integrate both science and art. I believe landscape architecture is a balance of competing environmental, social, cultural, and economic interests with the goal to promote lasting sustainable development. As a solo practitioner, I engage directly with my clients to develop site programs and landscape plans that achieve their current needs while respecting the larger environmental context and life span of the project. As a landscape professional I help clients understand the transformative process’ of landscape and plan for their ongoing maintenance and stewardship needs.

To plant a landscape is to start an ongoing process that is constantly unfolding over time. We may not see the sapling become the great oak or the meadow become a forest. We take on a duty of care to act in a manner that promotes the health and welfare of the environment for future generations.

Situated in Northumberland county, Trophic Design is located in the heritage district of Cobourg, Ontario. Cobourg is ideally situated with easy access to southern Ontario from the Greater Toronto area to Prince Edward County. Serving the needs of public, private, and not-for-profit clients my experience in single family residential too large scale commercial office and residential towers has provided the expertise necessary to take on a broad range of projects. My design and consultation experience includes private gardens, public plazas, extensive green roofs, intensive green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, streetscape design, site restoration, low income housing, and master planning. I have had the fortune to work on a variety of projects from conceptual design through construction.  As a landscape design consultant, I will work with you to bring your landscape or development project from idea to reality.